When it comes to Thingyan festival, most of us recall beautiful moments we had over the past few years partying on big stages (pandals). What else can we do apart from partying? Check out our list of activities to see whether you are up for traveling or parties, stay home and watch Netflix all days or eating out, Myanmore gives you a list of tips you want to know to concern during the festival.
Getting bored of Yangon water festival activities? Then you should head to Mandalay which is the second metropolis city of Myanmar. Every year, Mandalay celebrates
the biggest Thingyan festival with a stream of pandals on each side of the Royal Palace. This could be another experience to encounter if you are in Myanmar.
Inle lake is quite popular among other cities to travel during the water festival. This year, the very first floating Thingyan festival in the lake will be held with thousands of boats and barges which include entertainment and celebrations. Authorities say the festival will be located at Inle Cultural Heritage Trust Complex in Nyaungshwe from 13th April to 17th.
Beaches like Chaungtha, Ngwe Saung and Ngapali are crowded during the festival. So if you are planning for an escape, you better book your hotel in advance.
Best Netflix series you can watch right now
If you have no plan at all and stay home during the holidays? Buy your snacks and drinks at marketplace Citymart nearby and subscribe your Netflix account. We give you the list of TV series you can watch right now.
- BoJack Horseman
- Mad Men
- Star Trek Discovery
- Breaking Bad
- The Haunting of Hill House
- Stranger Things
- The Punisher
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Black Mirror
- Sex Education
- The Umbrella Academy
- Love, Death and Robots
- Ash vs. Evil Dead
- Lost In Space
Don’t forget: The final season (8) of Game of Thrones airs on April 14 – Winter is coming!
Find your zen during Thingyan
If you want to avoid all the hustle and bustle of the water festival and build up inner peace, meditation centres are open during Thingyan holidays. Of course you won’t attain enlightenment just by meditating for a week. But this is the best opportunity to learn the basics of Vipassana (Observing yourself by observing your senses) meditation. Most centres have strict regimens, so make sure you’re physically fit for it before signing up.
Moreover, they give you only two meals (breakfast and lunch) and there are not many options. So, if you’re vegan or allergic to certain food, let the administrators know.
Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Meditation Centre
As it is a year-round meditation centre, prior registration is not required. Administration opens 1pm to 4pm daily but the foreigners are not allowed during Thingyan holidays due to a large crowd. The holiday meditation session starts from 10th April.
Address: 80-A, Than Lwin Road, Bahan Township, Yangon
Phone: 01 535 448, 01 705 525
Aung Sat Kyar Mogok Vipassana Meditation Centre
The centre focuses on the preaching of Mogok Sayadaw U Vimala as it has Mogok moniker in the title. The highly celebrated monk was best known for his preaching that revolves around Vipassana meditation. Foreigners are welcome to meditate from 8th April to 18th at a rate of Ks5,500 per person for meals and belongings.
Address: No. 1, Myindawtha St., Ward 7, Thaketa Tsp, Yangon
Phone: 09 514 7382, 09 798 003 747
Facebook: Aung Sat Kyar
Shwe Oo Min Dhamma Sukha Tawya
Sayadaw U Tejaniya, the presiding monk of the monastery and meditation centre, began his Buddhist training as a young teenager in Burma under the late Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw (1913–2002). He teaches meditation at Shwe Oo Min Dhamma Sukha Forest Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar. It usually takes in foreigners to meditate during the Thingyan holidays. But we suggest you contact first before submission.
Address: Aung Myay Thar Yar St., Kon Tala Paung Village, Mingaladon Tsp, Yangon
Phone: 01 638 170
Official Facebook group: Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya
Email: [email protected]
Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre
A popular place for meditators in Yangon. It’s not far from the downtown area and located in a tranquil compound. Although the 10- day session is available all year-round, the Thingyan session begins on April 12 and will cost you Ks1,000 a day for meals. It’s usually crowded during the holidays. Better call it first to see if you can squeeze in your mat.
Address: 55/A, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone, Yangon
Phone: 01 661 479, 01 652 585
Email: [email protected]
Preventing the risks
Waterproof your phone
You won’t be able to enjoy the water festival at its fullest if you’re worried your phone gets soaked. This is why waterproof plastic pockets exist. From small keypad phones to 6-inch giant phablets, you may find the pocket that is made for your device in these shops below, but buy in advance before the festival.
Naing Win Telecom
Address: No.186. 38 Street, Kyauktada Tsp, Yangon.
Phone: 09 999 3985
Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00
Address: No. 180, Anawratha Road (Upper Anawratha Block), 33rd St (near Sule Bridge), Kyauktada Tsp, Yangon
Phone: 09 772 722265
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Tip: The part of Anawrahta Road between Konzaydan St. and 34th St. is full of phone accessory shops so you have plenty of options. If you still want to explore, go to Latha Street.
Repair shops for worst-case scenarios
Left with a broken phone because of a leaky waterproof pocket or dancing so hard with fellow revellers? Be it a cracked screen or damp battery, there is a few things savvy technicians (and a certain amount of cash) can’t fix. But make sure you put your device in safe hand. But they all close during Thingyan festival.
Address: No 261, Pansodan Road (Upper Block), Between Anawrahta and Bogyoke Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon
Phone: 09 731 712 12, 09 455 209 100
Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00
Address: 36th Street, Middle Block, Kyauktada Tsp, Yangon
Phone: 09-970035101 ~ 04
Opening hours: 09:30 – 17:30
mCare Apple Authorised Service Provider
Address: G-045, Multistorey Car Park, Junction Square Shopping Mall, Pyay Road, Yangon
Phone: 09 336 07777
Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00
Address: No 741, first floor, corner of Mahabandoola and Lanmadaw streets, Yangon.
Phone: 09 512 9082
Opening hours: 09:00 – 20:00
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